Tejaswini Sawant, won Gold at World Championships and has created history as she is the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships. Tejaswini Sawant has won Gold in 50m Rifle Prone event with a world-record equalling score at Munich, Germany where the World Championships are being held.
Tejaswini Sawant (born: 12 September 1980) is an Indian shooter from the Maharashtrian city of Kolhapur.
Tejaswini Sawant scripted history on 8.08.2010 by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championships with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany.Sawant shot a score of 597 (100,100,100,99,99,99), equalling the 1998 record set by Marina Bobkova of Russia.
Tejaswini arrived on the shooting scene in 1999 when she was adjudged the best shooter of the NCC 6 Maharashtra Girls Battalion. But the defining moment came in 2001, when Tejaswini finished 5th in the Mavlankar Championship at Asansol.
Sawant represented India at the 9th South Asian Sports Federation Games in 2004 in Islamabad where she helped India win gold medal. She was selected to represent India at Commonwealth Games ahead of Asian Games gold medallist Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat and world record holder Suma Shirur after winning 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the national championships. In 2006, she won gold medals in Women’s 10m Air Rifle singles and Women’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs (with Avneet Kaur Sidhu) events at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne. Sawant won a bronze medal in 50 metre rifle three positions at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in Munich. On 8 August 2010 she became the World Champion in the 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich, Germany. She was the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships with a world-record equalling score in the 50m Rifle Prone event
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated Tejaswini Sawant on becoming the first Indian woman shooter to clinch a gold medal at the World Championships in Munich, Germany. In a message, Singh said her outstanding performance has brought laurels to the nation and her achievement will inspire other youngsters to do their best for the country.
Maharashtra Government on 9.08.2010 announced a cash prize of Rs five lakh to Tejaswini Sawant for winning a gold medal in the 50 metre rifle shooting prone category at the World Shooting Championships held in Munich, Germany.
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